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When you click ENTER, you'll be taken to the payment page, but will be redirected to the category submission page.

If you're entering more than one category, you can start from this page and make an additional category choice.

Please make sure you scroll down to understand the GENERAL RULES section below.

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DEADLINE: 12/15/2020

NATURE

Nature isn't just a place. It's our home!

 

Nature lurks everywhere around us, so much so that we ourselves are part of it. We invite you to capture this ubiquity – in all the miracle it offers – in both its glory and its shortcoming.

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DEADLINE: 01/15/2021

WILDLIFE

Being extinct stinks!

 

If you only have the eyes to look, you'll find that wildlife isn’t simply found on a forlorn trail in the heart of a wilderness; it’s alive and well even in the heart of urban environment.

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DEADLINE: 12/31/2020

CULTURE

It's what makes us human!

 

Society is at a crossroads, and everyone knows that things will never be the same again. Culture will need to step in as the great unifier of the human race. Highlight its virtues and its vices.

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DEADLINE: 01/31/2021

BLACK & WHITE

Life's a million shades of grey.

 

With no colors to pollute or to prejudice, the medium takes a romantic turn. In it live both the clear and the complex, at once weaving its patterns of light and darkness.

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FACES

All around you, the IDs to human souls.

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STORIES

Tell, don't sell!

GENERAL RULES
Current & Upcoming Contests

Please scroll down to familiarize yourself with the competition rules.

 

IN A NUTSHELL​

National Photographic Society encourages all amateur and professional photographers around the world to submit their best images to their upcoming contests. Annual competitions offer a prize amount of $12,000. There are no limit to the number of contests you can simultaneously enter. There’s a limit of 5 images per entry for each contest with a flat $25 entry fee. NPS is a nonprofit organization and uses the non-refundable fees to provide prizes and awards, and to help in its core missions.

 

The current categories include Nature, Culture, Black & White, and Wildlife. New categories are added almost on a weekly basis, so please bookmark us now, and come back to check often.

RULES OF THE GAME

Files are required to be less than 2 MB and must be in JPEG or JPG formatting. Please ensure that there aren’t any watermarks and signatures since these will disqualify your submissions. You’re able to submit up to 5 images per contest category, with no limit to the number of contests you can participate in. As a photographer, you’re given the widest latitude to build on a central theme as you see fit.

 

The current categories include Nature, Culture, Black & White, and Wildlife. New categories are added almost on a weekly basis, so please bookmark us now, and come back to check often.

 

BE EFFECTIVE

It’s necessary to ensure that all photos and titles are in the correct order before your final submission since there’s no way to correct any mistakes once your works are submitted. You also won’t be able to add to, change, or delete from, any of the images submitted. Remember that we’re looking for a cohesive body of works, so you should try to submit images that are able to convey a story or in some manner tied together in a seamless fashion.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

It’s necessary to ensure that all photos and titles are in the correct order before your final submission since there’s no way to correct any mistakes once your works are submitted. You also won’t be able to add to, change, or delete from, any of the images submitted. Remember that we’re looking for a cohesive body of works, so you should try to submit images that are able to convey a story or in some manner tied together in a seamless fashion.


Refer to the submission deadlines listed on the entry links. For complete details on eligibility and restrictions, please refer to our Terms of Use.

 

PRIZES & AWARDS​

Total prize money given out during 2021 will be $12,000, with the following places declared within each category. *
WINNER – Top Photographer Award $300
WINNER – Best Photo Award $150
WINNER – Special Merit Award $50

WINNER – Talent Award **

 

* Cash prizes are always sent via PayPal by direct bank transfer. If the recipient doesn’t have a PayPal account, you can create one here


** Depending on the quality and quantity of submissions, additional finalists will be awarded certificates of recognition for each category.

 

ENTRY FEE​

The entry fee is $25 flat for up to 5 images. For a list of all rules and regulations, please visit our website.

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